Bowlin Dominates eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Debut at World Wide Technology Raceway

Bowlin Dominates eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Debut at World Wide Technology Raceway

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Charlotte Phoenix driver Graham Bowlin scored his first win of the 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season on Tuesday night, taking the checkered flag in the first-ever eNASCAR round at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Rise eSports driver Zack Novak took his second straight runner-up finish behind him, while 2021 series runner-up Logan Clampitt scored a season-best third place for William Byron eSports on his birthday.

Kyle Long’s Mode Motorsports started exactly where it finished in last week’s Coca-Cola 150 at Charlotte, but this time it was Cody Byus instead of teammate Matt Bussa in P1. Byus would soon yield the lead to XSET’s Casey Kirwan, who would hold it for most of the first quarter of the race before Bowlin made the pass for the top spot. Only one close call, when Jim Beaver eSports’ Blake Reynolds and eRacr’s Darik Bourdeau made contact on the frontstretch, threatened to cause a caution, but both drivers kept moving forward and didn’t collect anyone else.

Instead, the first caution wouldn’t come until Lap 60, a few laps after some of the front runners had already pit, when Rise eSports’ Jimmy Mullis hit Elliott Sadler eSports driver Garrett Manes from behind in Turn 1. The yellow flew just after Bowlin made it onto pit road, allowing him to finish his stop, but those who came in behind him weren’t quite so lucky, and were black flagged for entering a closed pit.

Bowlin kept the lead as the race stayed green from there, and built a buffer of more than two seconds at race’s end. Behind Novak and Clampitt in second and third, Malik Ray would earn redemption from last week’s Charlotte strategy gamble in fourth place, while former series champion Ryan Luza completed the top five for XSET in fifth.

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series results from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Name

Team

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts

1 4 48 Graham A. Bowlin Charlotte Phoenix 120 0.000 97 34.354 40
2 19 5 Zack Novak Rise eSports 120 -2.822 2 34.518 35
3 6 97 Logan Clampitt William Byron eSports 120 -6.177 0 34.496 34
4 30 7 Malik Ray iRacing Motorsports 120 -6.615 0 34.619 33
5 23 4 Ryan Luza XSET 120 -6.831 0 34.526 32
6 39 75 Matt Bussa Mode Motorsports 120 -9.032 0 34.691 31
7 11 21 Garrett Lowe Wood Brothers Racing 120 -9.732 0 34.530 30
8 5 19 Vicente Salas Williams eSports 120 -9.872 0 34.564 29
9 9 25 Nick Ottinger William Byron eSports 120 -10.307 0 34.474 28
10 27 3 Corey Vincent Team Dillon Esports 120 -11.276 0 34.702 27
11 8 45 Keegan Leahy 23XI 120 -11.391 0 34.657 26
12 13 41 Dylan Duval Stewart Haas Racing 120 -11.891 0 34.425 25
13 12 18 Bobby Zalenski Joe Gibbs Racing 120 -13.886 0 34.504 24
14 32 51 Ray Alfalla Joe Gibbs Racing 120 -14.808 0 34.545 23
15 21 6 Parker Retzlaff Roush Fenway Keselowski 120 -15.666 0 34.706 22
16 2 95 Casey Kirwan XSET 120 -16.832 19 34.379 21
17 26 46 Jimmy Mullis Rise eSports 120 -18.133 0 34.683 20
18 3 55 Allen Boes Space Station Gaming 120 -19.173 0 34.459 19
19 16 23 Mitchell deJong 23XI 120 -19.729 0 34.324 18
20 35 20 Donovan Strauss Williams eSports 120 -19.918 0 34.547 17
21 31 17 Kaden Honeycutt Roush Fenway Keselowski 120 -20.695 0 34.690 16
22 20 8 Michael Conti JR Motorsports 120 -21.441 0 34.376 15
23 29 88 Briar LaPradd JR Motorsports 120 -21.802 0 34.743 14
24 1 24 Cody Byus Mode Motorsports 120 -22.628 2 34.394 13
25 33 10 Steven Wilson Stewart Haas Racing 120 -23.378 0 34.497 12
26 17 31 Garrett Manes Elliot Sadler eSports 120 -24.597 0 34.516 11
27 14 69 Collin Bowden eRacr 120 -25.121 0 34.471 10
28 24 43 Kollin Keister Charlotte Phoenix 120 -26.594 0 34.569 9
29 22 36 Brian Mercurio Letarte Esports 120 -27.168 0 34.682 8
30 7 40 Dylan Ault Letarte Esports 120 -27.620 0 34.470 7
31 18 79 Femi Olatunbosun Clint Bowyer Racing 120 -28.431 0 34.610 6
32 15 16 Blade Whitt Wood Brothers Racing 120 -28.652 0 34.616 5
33 10 33 Taylor Hurst Team Dillon Esports 120 -29.627 0 34.497 4
34 36 14 Nickolas Shelton Clint Bowyer Racing 120 -30.933 0 34.726 3
35 38 12 Derek Justis iRacing Motorsports 120 -31.501 0 34.653 2
36 25 15 Blake Reynolds Jim Beaver eSports 120 -33.003 0 34.572 1
37 28 2 Liam Brotherton Elliot Sadler eSports 120 -34.749 0 34.683 1
38 37 9 Michael Guest Jim Beaver eSports 119 -1L 0 34.747 1
39 34 42 Darik Bourdeau eRacr 34 DNF 0 34.472 1

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series points through nine rounds are as follows:

  1. Matt Bussa, 250
  2. Nick Ottinger, 245
  3. Steven Wilson, 241
  4. Femi Olatunbosun, 220
  5. Casey Kirwan, 220
  6. Graham Bowlin, 213
  7. Corey Vincent, 208
  8. Zack Novak, 200
  9. Garrett Lowe, 193
  10. Michael Guest, 193

The 2022 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season resumes in three weeks’ time at Nashville Superspeedway, which trades last year’s All-Star Race for its first-ever eNASCAR points race in 2022. Broadcast coverage begins on Tuesday, June 21 at 8:30PM ET with Countdown to Green before the 9PM ET green flag, and can be seen at enascar.com/live.

For more information on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, visit www.enascar.com or www.iracing.com/enascar. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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